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Poster: ridetheory Date: Aug 31, 2004 12:21pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Emperor Norton Bridge

The film mentions a proposal in the 1850s to build the bridge. The earliest proposals I know about were by the self-proclaimed Emperor of the United States, Joshua Norton. (An interesting character, and well worth Googling...) Found this quote on Wikipedia:

WHEREAS, we issued our decree ordering the citizens of San Francisco and Oakland to appropriate funds for the survey of a suspension bridge from Oakland Point via Goat Island; also for a tunnel; and to ascertain which is the best project; and whereas the said citizens have hitherto neglected to notice our said decree; and whereas we are determined our authority shall be fully respected; now, therefore, we do hereby command the arrest by the army of both the Boards of City Fathers if they persist in neglecting our decrees.

Given under our royal hand and seal at San Francisco, this 17th day of September, 1872.

There has occasionally been talk of re-naming the bridge "Emperor Norton Bridge".

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Poster: AppleGirl Date: Aug 31, 2004 5:28pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Emperor Norton Bridge

This is so funny! I've never heard of Emperor Norton, must read up on this character. In 19th-century Chicago, we had "Captain Streeter." His boat ran aground on the swampy Lake Michigan shore north of the Chicago River. He continued to live there on his grounded boat, built shacks around it, and declared the swamp his own sovereign nation, which he defended raucously. The neighborhood is still called Streeterville, and it is now the wealthiest area of the city, zip code 60611... North Michigan Avenue, Tiffany's, and all that.